Every Fri. Slow-paced rides, 19, 24, or 40+ miles, with a stop at the Coney Island in Whitmore Lake for a 10:30 a.m. breakfast or early lunch.
9 a.m. (May-Sept.) & 10 a.m. (Apr., Oct. & Nov.), Olson Park, Dhu Varren at Pontiac Trail. Free. 476-4944, 996-9461.
Yoga is a natural for children, since it addresses the whole child: Stronger Bodies, Focused Minds, and Peaceful Spirits. Bodhi's Kids Yoga offers a joyful yoga practice that incorporates movement and 5 sense therapies. Bodhi's Kids Yoga classes are designed to help develop your child's fine motor skills, mental acuity and focus, hand-eye coordination, mind/body developmental awareness, coping skills, and increase an awareness of their sense of self -- all while having fun!
About the facilitator: Sara Zabawa is a registered yoga instructor who is devoted to holistic yoga practices that address the mind, body, and spirit. She blends lessons learned from studying yoga in India with practices developed under the direction of Syl Carson at the Bodhi Yoga Studio in Utah.
7 week series runs May 10th - June 21st. Fridays 10:00 - 10:50 a.m.
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. $80 for the series. 734-769-6100. firstname.lastname@example.org www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
North Creek Elementary School reading specialist Lisa Kaemming offers summer reading tips for parents and helps parents and their kids make a family book to read at home.
10:30-11:30 a.m. (preschoolers) & noon-1 p.m. (1st-3rd graders), CDL McKune Room, 221 S. Main, Chelsea. Free. Preregistration required. 475-8732. [map]
The Grayling (MI) Acting Up Theatre Company performs Readers of the Lost Book!, a kid-friendly spoof of Raiders of the Lost Ark that concerns a famous archaeologist who thinks he's found the very first library book. Followed by refreshments and a display of live exotic reptiles and amphibians from the Critchlow Alligator Sanctuary. (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.).
11 a.m., DDL, 3255 Alpine, Dexter. Free. 426-4477. [map]
Connections is a place for babies and those who care for them to meet and enjoy one another. We encourage new and expecting parents, grandparents, and nannies to come enjoy the benefits of getting to know others who have recently birthed or who are caring for babies or young children. Other caregivers are a wealth of support and information, and Connections is designed to be a place where you can share, and glean from others.
Some of the groups will also feature a brief class from a Hygeia practitioner. These sessions will offer information that will enhance your well-being or skills as a caregiver, benefiting you and your baby! All Hygeia practitioners believe in the importance of strong joyful attachment between caregivers and babies, and are skilled in various ways to enhance your health, overall wellness, and understanding of your baby.
Fridays from 2:00 - 3:30pm. We recognize that getting places on time with a baby can be a challenge. Please come when you can!
Hygeia Center for Healing Arts, 220 N. 5th Ave. Free. 734-769-6100. email@example.com www.hygeiacenter.org [map]
Every Tues.-Sun., June 14-July 7. A beloved summer tradition continues this year on Ingalls Mall and features live music, followed at 10 p.m. (Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.) by free movies and at 11 p.m. (Fri. & Sat.) by dancing to DJs. Also, a KidZone activity tent, "Body Masterpiece" face painting (5-8 p.m., June 14-16, $5, reservations required by calling 994-5999), and Tangle, a giant, interactive web of elastic bands wrapped around vertical poles that is part playground, part art installation (4-6 & 7:30-9:30 p.m., June 19-23, $5 admission per child for 40 min. play sessions). Food concessions from area restaurants. Tonight: Lady Sunshine & the X-Band (9:30 p.m.), a popular local gospel-flavored blues band led by Lady Sunshine, a fiery, rich-voiced singer whose style blends elements of Aretha Franklin, Koko Taylor, and Denise LaSalle. Opening acts are local singer-songwriter Spencer Michaud (5 p.m.), eclectic Michigan folk-soul singer-songwriter Jetty Rae (6 p.m.), local jazz, blues, R&B, Motown, and pop band Laith Al-Saadi Trio (7 p.m.), and The Bluescasters (8 p.m.), the veteran blues and blues-rock quartet. The musicians are followed at 11 p.m. by dancing to music spun by DJ Chuck Sipperley (age 21 & over only). The Summer Festival also includes a series of shows on June 1, 18, 19, 22, 23, 25, 29, & 30 (see listings) and into July at the Power Center and Hill Auditorium.
5 p.m.-midnight, Ingalls Mall at Washington. Free. 994-5999.
Every Sat through Aug. 23. A WRA park interpreter helps beginners learn how to fish. Tackle (including poles) & bait provided. Adults age 17 & older need a valid fishing license.
9-10:30 a.m., Portage Lake Day Use Area fishing pier, Seymour Rd. north off Mt. Hope Rd. (north from I-94 exit 150), Chelsea. Free. $10 annual vehicle entrance fee. 475-3170.
June 6-9, 13-16, & 20-23. U-M Residential College drama lecturer Kate Mendeloff directs students and local actors in an alfresco production of Shakespeare's sharp-tongued comedy that begins in the prairie and moves across the Arb to conclude in the peony garden. The high-spirited plot involves 2 pairs of young lovers. One couple, both disdainful of love, are tricked into acknowledging each other, while the other couple's love is nearly ruined by a deception that, abetted by the paranoia of returning military heroes, leads to trumped-up charges of infidelity. The play is best known for its charged sexual banter and for the penetrating wit and often dark cast of its humor. The action moves from spot to spot within the Arb, and director Mendeloff takes special care to make the shifting environments an active force in the performance. Bring a blanket or portable chair to sit on; dress for the weather. Note: Space limited; come early. Tickets go on sale at 5:30 p.m., but the line for tickets starts forming at 4:30 p.m.
. 6:30 p.m., meet at the Peony Garden entrance at 1610 Washington Heights. $20 (students with ID & youth age 18 & under, $10; seniors age 62 & older, $17; Friends of Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, $15; kids under age 5, free) at the gate only. Limited number of golf carts available; first come, first served. 647-7600.
This award-winning writer reads from The Illusion of Separateness, his new novel, inspired by true events, about an act of mercy during WWII that changes the lives of several strangers who later discover one other and the astonishing truth of their connection. "The story snaps together beautifully," says a Library Journal review. "A brilliant if elusive novel that shows how a single act can echo through time." Signing.
7 p.m., Nicola's, 2513 Jackson, Westgate shopping center. Free. 662-0600. [map]
Every Fri. & Sat., June 7-29. Blackbird kicks off its summerlong series of West Park Shakespeare productions with director Barton Bund's sexy, provocative staging of Shakespeare's romantic revenge thriller about a Briton princess who disobeys her father and marries her sweetheart. The king banishes her husband, but after various adventures and perceived betrayals, the two are reunited. Bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on and refreshments. Cast: Lynch Travis, Jamie Weeder, Qamara Black, Dan Johnson, Alastar Dimitrie, and Jesse Ahren-Jacobs.
7 p.m., West Park Band Shell. June 7 & 8 preview tickets $15 (students, $10) in advance at blackbirdtheatre.com and at the gate. After June 8: tickets $20 (students, $15). 332-3848.
All invited to join an ongoing biweekly discussion of Rudolf Steiner's An Outline of Occult Science. Familiarity with Steiner's basic ideas is helpful.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner House, 1923 Geddes). Free. 944-4903. [map]
All invited to join a group performance of this traditional devotional call-and-response music based on Hindu Vaishnava texts and the writings of poet-saints. Accompanied by live music based on rhythmic Indian ragas on bass guitar, tabla, and drums.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Friends Meetinghouse, 1420 Hill St. Free, but donations accepted. 761-7435. [map]
There will be meditation, chanting, philosophy discussion and yummy treats, led by best selling author, Swami Saradananda, who is visiting from London.
Swamiji has written amazing books on all aspects of yoga, many of which are for sale all over the world, including Crazy Wisdom.
We will have a selection of her books for purchase; she is happy to sign.
Be In Awe Yoga, 2220 Rivenoak Court, Ann Arbor. Free. 734 213 0435. firstname.lastname@example.org www.beinaweyoga.com [map]
June 13 & 14. Rudolf Steiner seniors present Shakespeare's delightful comic fantasia, set in an enchanted forest, about a jealous tiff between the king and queen of the fairies, and the more or less unfortunate mortals ensnared in their mischief.
7:30 p.m., Rudolf Steiner High School, 2230 Pontiac Trail. $5 (students, $3; family, $12). 669-9394. [map]
June 13-16. This polished local opera company performs Mozart's popular comic opera noted for its stirring, lovely melodies. Bored by his wife, Count Almaviva eyes her maid Susanna, who is engaged to his valet Figaro. When the count decides to exercise his feudal rights, Figaro, Susanna, and others are thrown into frenzied attempts to thwart his lecherous scheme. Italian, supertitles.
7:30 p.m. (June 13-15) & 2 p.m. (June 16), Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, 911 North University. Tickets $22-$50 (students & seniors, $15) in advance at the Michigan Union Ticket Office and arboropera.com. Tickets: 763-8587. Info: 332-9063. [map]
June 14 & 15. A South Lyon native and EMU grad who now lives in L.A., Heffron specializes in observations about the indignities and absurdities of life from the point of view of children and parents. A frequent guest on network and cable TV shows, Heffron won the 2nd season of NBC's Last Comic Standing. Preceded by 2 opening acts. Alcohol is served.
8 & 10:30 p.m., 314 E. Liberty (below Seva restaurant). $25 reserved seating in advance and general admission at the door. 996-9080. [map]
The nephew of Philadelphia soul legend Thom Bell, LeRoy is an acoustic soul singer-songwriter who has written songs for everyone from Elton John and Rita Marley to the Spinners and the O'Jays. He performs tonight with his band.
8 p.m., The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets $15 in advance the Michigan Union Ticket Office (mutotix.com), the ark, org, and at the door. To charge by phone, call 763-TKTS. [map]
June 14, 21, & 23 (different programs). World-famous musicians and up-and-coming ensembles present 3 chamber concerts. June 14: Performers include pianists James Tocco and Pei-Shan Lee, cellists Andres Diaz and Paul Katz, and the Boston-based ensemble Jupiter String Quartet. Program: Schnitke's Cello Sonata No. 1, Hanah Lash's Now of All Times, and Schubert's String Quintet in C Major. June 21: Performers include pianist William Bolcom, violinist Kimberly Kaloyanides-Kennedy, cellist Kee-Hyun Kim, soprano Lauren Skuce, and the Axiom Brass Quintet, an award-winning Chicago-based ensemble. Program: Beethoven's String Trio in C Minor, Victor Ewald's Quintet No. 3 in D-flat Major, Brett Dean's Skizzen Fur Siegbert, and songs TBA by Bolcom. June 23: Performers include violinist Ani Kavafian, pianist Andrea Lam, the San Francisco-based ensemble The Delphi Trio, and The City of Tomorrow, a Portland (OR) woodwind quintet. Program: Mozart's Violin Sonata in E-flat, Elliott Carter's Woodwind Quintet and Nine by Five, and Dvorak's Piano Trio No. 3 in F Minor.
8 p.m. (June 14 & 21) & 2 p.m. (June 23), KCH, 415 N. Fourth Ave. $15-$30. Reservations recommended. 769-2999. [map]
Every Thurs.-Sun., May 30-June 15. Emily Caffery directs local actors in the Midwest premiere of Cusi Cram's poignant comedy about a Swiss collage artist who starts dating an American trash collector and begins a correspondence with a Bolivian man she meets at a gallery opening where he notices his dentures are a part of one of her pieces.
8 p.m. (Thurs.-Sat.) & 2 p.m. (Sun.), Carriage House Theatre, 541 Third St. $10 suggested donation. 546-6441. [map]
June 13-16 & 20-22. Carl Ellison directs local actors in Neil Simon's poignant 1972 comedy about an aging vaudeville team who grudgingly reunite to do a TV special. New York Times critic Ben Brantley says it "celebrates the clown's classic gift for turning anger into art." Stars Dennis Platte and Rick Katon.
8 p.m. (except June 16, 2 p.m.), Riverside Arts Center, 76 N. Huron, Ypsilanti. Tickets $18 (students & seniors, $12) in advance at showtix4u.com & by phone, and at the door. 483-7345. [map]
Every Fri. Improv comedy show, with skits based on audience suggestions.
8-9:30 p.m., Kip Barry's Performing Arts Center, 325 Braun Ct. Cost TBA. 769-2787. [map]
"Friday Night Swing (& Blues)": Ann Arbor Swing Dance Association/Ann Arbor Community of Traditional Music and Dance.more >
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Every Fri. Lindy hop, East Coast swing, Charleston, and Balboa dancing to music spun by DJs. Followed at 11:30 p.m. by blues dancing. No partner needed. Preceded at 8 p.m. by beginning lessons.
9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Phoenix Center, 220 S. Main. $5 (students with ID, $3; $1 discount for AACTMAD members) includes lessons. 417-9857. [map]